[Ontbirds]Nonquon lagoons July 15

M. Bain mjcbain at sympatico.ca
Sat Jul 15 17:07:02 EDT 2006

Sunny and hot at Nonquon lagoons today. Water levels very high with all the recent heavy rain, except for the second pond where they are dredging. Access restored, provided you have a permit. No barriers anywhere as yet.
Only one backhoe at work but other machinery about.
Shorebirds underwhelming - almost all in the second pond -
Lesser Yellowlegs        56
Greater Yellowlegs        6
Solitary Sandpiper         3
Least Sandpiper           34
Pectoral Sandpiper        1
Wilson's Phalarope        1juv
Killdeer                        17
Spotties                        8

Very few waterfowl.
55 Black Terns, most resting on mudbanks.
7 Caspian Terns.
1 female Ring-necked Pheasant.

Permits may be purchased at the Durham Region Transfer Station at 1623 Reach Rd, Port Perry on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Thursday from 8:00 am to 6 pm.  
To get to the Transfer Station, go north on Hwy 12 past Port Perry to the next traffic lights [Regional Road 8 = Reach Rd.] and travel east to #1623 on the north side of the road.
The lagoons are one road north of the Transfer Station, east off Hwy 12 on Concession Rd. 8 [don't get confused as, despite the fact that these roads are both numbered "8", they are two different roads - one is a Regional paved road, the other a dirt Concession road.]
Please do not enter these lagoons without a valid permit. Last year's permit is not useable this year and every person must have their own.

Margaret Bain
mjcbain at sympatico.ca

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